Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview
Maruti Suzuki has forayed into the sub 4-meter SUV segment by launching the all-new Ignis in the Indian market. The Ignis has been making front page headlines ever since it made its first public appearance in the country at the 2016 Auto Expo in February. Flaunting an unconventional boxy-design, it would be developed at Maruti Suzuki’s Gurgaon production facility; however, what is commendable and really appreciable is the 98.5 percent localization level that the company has managed to achieve in order to keep the pricing belligerent. The Ignis SUV is being introduced in both petrol and diesel fuel trims with AMT gearbox or Auto Gear Shift (AGS), as the company calls it.
Maruti Ignis is offered in four grades: Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. It would be the third product to be retailed via the NEXA premium showrooms, after S-Cross and Baleno. The company took a time of four years in the development of Ignis with an investment worth Rs. 950 Crore. Maruti Ignis features a dual-tone shade at the interior with an array of comfort and convenience features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The entry-level trim is deprived of a majority of basic features as it doesn’t come with an audio system as standard. The gasoline and diesel engines have been carried over from the Swift with slight retuning for enhanced mileage. The Ignis would directly lock horns with the Mahindra KUV100 in the country. Check On Road Price of Ignis
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Exterior
The biggest USP of the Maruti Ignis is its distinct styling that immediately catches attention on the road. The crossover silhouette makes it a tall boy while the modern design language separates its identity from the regular lot of Marutis. The front profile is clean yet attractive with the wide grille extending towards the headlamps. The LED DRLs are wrapped around the projector headlamps that illuminate the road very well, there are no halogen lights. The bumper looks sporty integrating the fog lamps in chrome housing.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Interior
The interiors of the Ignis look a class apart. Maruti has been raising the bar constantly with its new products and now it is even offering a seven-inch screen on the Ignis. There is a new-age Suzuki steering wheel too and new instrument cluster as well. There is climate control and dual airbags. The Ignis has good enough space for front and even rear passengers. This makes it a great option to consider. We sat in the front and even the rear and there was sufficient room and it can easily seat five people. The Ignis will be a competition to the Mahindra KUV100 and it will be coming with a petrol and even a diesel engine option. The Ignis will be sold through Nexa and it will have an automatic transmission. The Maruti Ignis will be launched during this Diwali festive season.
The boot size of the Maruti Ignis is 258 litres and when the rear seats are folded, it is increased to 415 litres. The boot size is large enough for a vehicle of this size. The Ignis even offers several storage spaces like cup holders, bottle holders, large size glove box etc. In terms of features, the Maruti Ignis offers features like keyless entry, push start and stop, integrated music system with touchscreen for reverse parking camera with guiders, satellite navigation, bluetooth connectivity, USB and even aux connectivity. The steering wheel has multiple controls for changing music, cruise control and even reaching and disconnecting telephone calls. With regards to safety, the Maruti Ignis will get dual airbags and ABS as a standard feature and this will make the first vehicle to offer this. The other features will be majorly for export will be hill assist, electronic stability program, lane changing warning, automatic headlamps with auto-levelling.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Engine & Transmission
Maruti Suzuki hasn’t officially revealed the specifications of the new Ignis, however it is likely to come with a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.2-litre diesel engine options. The 1.2-litre petrol is the K-Series engine and this will come with a five-speed manual transmission and produce about 83bhp of power and 115Nm of peak torque. The other engine is an all newthree cylinder diesel engine that will churn about 75bhp and about 180Nm of torque. This engine has been developed by Suzuki and the two cylinder version of this engine is used on the Celerio and four pot will be coming on other Maruti Suzuki products. This will also come with a five-speed manual transmission. There will even an automatic transmission on offer. The Ignis will be sold through the Nexa Experience dealerships and hence it won’t come with an AMT. The Ignis will be coming with an automatic transmission on the petrol engine and maybe even the diesel engine. The Ignis for the Indian car market will be offered with front wheel drive. For exports, however it will even come with an all-wheel drive as well. For India, at the moment there is no requirement for it.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Ride and Handling
The ride and handling balance of the Ignis is well matched. The slow speed ride is good and comfortable but as you speed up, the rear tends to get a bit bouncy on undulations. However, the high speed stability is excellent and even with a light body, you don’t feel nervous doing triple digit speeds. The steering is too light and doesn’t provide enough feedback. The Ignis takes the corners decently well but if you push it hard around the bends, the tyres tend to screech. Braking performance is good with the ideal pedal bite and the Ignis comes with ABS and EBD as standard across all the trims.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Braking and Safety
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Bottomline
After driving the Ignis we got to see a new dimension of Maruti. Usually the carmaker plays it safe when it comes to styling or interiors. The Ignis has come across as a distinct car after a long time that looks quirky, feels fresh from the inside and offers a different experience to the Indian customer in terms of customisation for a car that’s meant for masses. At this price point you get many cars from Maruti itself but what really defends Ignis is its crossover style and the premium experience of NEXA. The well rounded packaged of the Ignis actually appeals to more people than the millennials.